Motoring: Va Va Voom at a New Level

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SQUATTING low on the road the new Renaultsport V6 has the face of a supercar and twin tailpipes that look more like gun barrels.

Its power takes Va Va Voom to a new level, 255bhp to be exact from a 3.0-litre 24-valve engine that offers savage performance.

Hardly your common or garden Clio. But then when you are shelling out a fiver under pounds 27,000 for a supermini you can expect something exceptional.

The Clio V6 is the image-building model of the range and, thanks to a thorough revamp, will be better than ever when it arrives in the UK during Ju

y.

It has a two-seat layout and the full name, Clio V6 255, gives a hint as to the level of power under the Renault's bonnet.

That 255bhp of thrust allows acceleration of 0-62 in a mere 5.8 seconds and top speed capability of 153mph compared to the outgoing version's figures of 6.4 seconds and 147mph. As to design, the V6 now sports a more incisive front end by adopting the style of the latest generation Clio, the front bumper, grille, bonnet and twin xenon head lamps being entirely fresh. …